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Nevada’s Fly Geyser

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Watch Nevada’s Strangest Natural Wonder At Work [VIDEO]

Fly Geyser, the breathtakingly odd formation on the ground of Fly Ranch in Gerlach, Nev., tells the story of how man vs. nature sometimes ends in a tie. The odd, bulbous formations that make up Fly Geyser are the result of not one, but two, failed well drilling efforts. The first came in the early 1900s, when parched ranch owners decided to build a well. They found water quickly, but unfortunately it was near-boiling and unfit for use. So, they capped the well but the leaking water left behind mineral deposits that soon formed the start of Fly Geyser, a 12-foot high cone of calcium carbonate.

Another well was attempted nearby in the 1960s, but it also failed. Only this time, the failed well brought even more water to the surface and the mounting pressure caused the existing cone to rupture ins several places, putting Fly Geyser in a constant state of eruption. Here’s a video of Fly Geyser erupting:

http://www.isciencetimes.com/articles/4473/20130206/fly-geyser-erupting-watch-nevada-s-strangest.htm

 

 

» 12 Comments

  1. Menderman

    February 6th, 2013

    That’s cool! This was the Bing pic today, and I kept meaning to look it up, now I don’t have too…Cardigan saves the day!

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  2. hanoverfist

    February 6th, 2013

    Looks like an ulcer I once had.

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  3. RWF

    February 6th, 2013

    wth? What a rip. I listen to the commercial and the video fails to load.

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  4. Chalupa

    February 6th, 2013

    That area of Nevada is laced with earthquake faults – they had a monster quake near Winnemucca in 1915. One of the results was a radical change in spring flows.

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  5. Corona

    February 6th, 2013

    So….Riven is real.

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  6. venturaguy

    February 6th, 2013

    Near boiling? So add a little bit of heat and use the distilled water from actual boiling

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  7. Geoff C. The Saltine

    February 6th, 2013

    It looks like one of the worms from Dune, but in color. Ain’t Gods world great.

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  8. Tony R

    February 6th, 2013

    Obama to Rancher Fly: You didn’t build that.

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  9. Feraldog

    February 6th, 2013

    I’ve never been to that one but the Gerlach area has hot springs all over. Most are on private property. We have found that it’s easier to ask for forgiveness if you get caught(not often) than it is to find the ranch owner.There is something about sitting naked with your lady in a natural hot tub out in the desert.

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  10. spymyeyes

    February 7th, 2013

    Kinda looks like obamma to me….

    A giant pile of steaming shit!

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  11. loshonhora

    February 7th, 2013

    the dirty hippies from burning man want to surround it with art and fecal matter. watch out mr. rancher…

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  12. flip

    February 7th, 2013

    that’s the coolest thing i’ve seen today. thanks.

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